The Universe is truly amazing. The moment you cast your wishes out into the deep abyss and put your trust in The Universe to deliver, she always does. In late 2017, in a Entrepreneurial coaching session (something I value tremendously), I stubbornly declared , "but I'm a wedding person. I just don't see corporate events being my 'thing.'" My coach immediately challenged me to change my tune and embrace new opportunities, to push past the comfort zone of weddings, and to change my mindset. Not one to run away from a challenge, I gladly accepted it and put it out to The Universe that I was ready.....and then she delivered.
In early 2018, two incredible companies arrived on the NSE doorstep by way of our incredible referral network. The eight years we've spent developing our reputation for professionalism, reliability, and ability to take on events and crush them, had paid off. Without hesitation, the Team and I immediately embraced these new challenges and started planning. The experience was priceless. Not only did we deliver incredibly successful events that made our clients and their companies shine, but also we realized how well suited we are for the task of corporate and destination event management and planning. We are a match made in The Universe.
In a two part blog series, I am excited to share with you photos and insights from these events. I hope The Universe is ready to deliver the next corporate clients so that we may continue to bring new life to company retreats, conventions, meetings and team building exercises!
Corporate Event Planner - Convention Event
The Client: AMSOIL, Superior-Based, automotive industry.
The Event: Annual Dealer Convention, held every 5 years in Duluth-Superior at the DECC. Multi-day convention with a trade show, educational opportunities and 2 evenings of social events for ~800 guests.
The Challenge: Design a social event to engage a diverse guest list of Dealers and their families, from all over the USA and Canada. To show the guests a "North Woods" meets "State Fair" experience, while never leaving the comfort of the indoors. Challenge accepted.
With a clear vision and the talents of the Northland's best event professionals on board, we delivered a spectacular indoor "Festival" that will go down in history (or so we've heard) as "The best convention event EVER." Here are some photos and the team that made it happen:
Click on the photo or scroll right to see the gallery!
Photo Credit: Nick Vittorio
Event Planning, Design & Coordination: Yours Truly, Northland Special Events | Venue & Catering: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) - Pioneer Hall (Annette & Amy absolutely killed it with the food and venue services) | Sound, Stage, Backdrops & Infrastructure: Sound Central Services & AVR (We love Trent & Britta!) | Lighting (uplights, bistros, & gobos): Duluth Event LIghting (we love you too, Ken) | Band: The Fractals | Photo Booth: Photo Active Events (whoa, the GIF photo booth was incredible!) | Rentals: The Vault by NSE, London Road Party Express, Lefty's Tent & Party Rental, Broadway Tent & Party Rental and Duluth Barrel Works. Flowers: Fleurtation by NSE | Custom Lawn Games: Etsy - Various Shops.
So, we've gone corporate...corporate events, that is....We can't wait to continue to take on design challenges that bring joy to coworkers, companies and clients. The bigger, the better!
Now tell us this isn't the most incredible photo booth ever......